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[div-ee] /ˈdɪv i/ Informal.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), divvied, divvying.
to divide; distribute (often followed by up):
The thieves divvied up the loot.
noun, plural divvies.
a distribution or sharing.
Origin of divvy
1870-75; div(ide) or div(idend) + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for divvy
  • Catch share programs, in which regional fishery councils divvy up quota shares to fishermen, could help ease this burden.
  • After a shoot, you divvy up the food with your team.
  • But the league's players and its team owners are now arguing over how to divvy up the spoils.
  • We had to divvy up the equipment, so there were people carrying multiple weapons, people carrying extra body armor.
  • Ditto for the students, who played paper-rock-scissors to divvy up seconds.
  • Because you could set an example for other kids on to how to divvy up allowance money and make wise choices about spending it.
  • Rather than return the money, the brothers divvy it up amongst themselves.
  • That's the dilemma for the cancer research community as it struggles to divvy up limited funds.
  • These companies collude with one another to divvy up the stops, fix prices, and rig contract bids.
  • It is simply a way of thinking about how to divvy up your calories between the different food groups.
British Dictionary definitions for divvy


noun (pl) -vies
(Brit) short for dividend, esp (formerly) one paid by a cooperative society
(US & Canadian) a share; portion
verb -vies, -vying, -vied
(transitive) usually foll by up. to divide and share


noun (pl) -vies
(dialect) a stupid or foolish person
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from deviant
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Word Origin and History for divvy

1872, American English, originally a noun, a slang shortening of dividend; the verb was in use by 1877 and is primary now (the noun is not in "Webster's New World Dictionary"), leading some (e.g. "Webster's") to think the word is a slang alteration of divide. Related: Divvying. In early 20c. British slang the same word was a shortening of divine (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for divvy


  1. A share of profits or spoils
  2. A dividend

(also divvy out or divvy up) To divide; apportion; Piece Up: The governor and the Paris crook divvy the swag/ We would pass our hats and divvy up (1872+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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